Wednesday, December 24, 2008

36 year old child!!!!

That's what I am supposedly!!!!!

To here about my birthday yesterday, head over to Lisa's Blog. Most of would have gone there, then ended up here anyway!!

One thing that Lisa did not cover was that I finally received my Oasis "Dig Out Your Soul" Deluxe box set. Which then led me to Kylie's comment on my last post bagging my obsession with Oasis out. Now in my last post I talked about my love for 80's hair metal, but if you really know me, then you will know that my ultimate favourites are Oasis and The Beatles. Hawthorn is the only thing I obsess with more than these two. To prove it, I got all excited today as I was listening to the new album, that I just had to get almost everything out to look at.

Here is the result!!!

Not in picture are the clothing, posters, over 100 bootleg cds and 50 odd bootleg dvds!!!

I could get all my Beatle stuff out, but I would have to lie it all out in the backyard, that's the only place I could fit!!!!!

Anyway, Merry Christmas, I hope you all have a great day tomorrow!!

ps. Blur still and always have sucked!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

It Is Time To Come Out Of The Closet!!!!!!!

I LOVE 80's Heavy Metal!!!!!!Align Center
It is awesome. I bet Lisa is cringing right about now. I have always loved it. When I was 3 years old I got AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" LP for my birthday, so I don't think I had a chance.

All through high school it was all about:

Motley Crue


Guns and Roses
and a heap of others.

Even though high school was 20 years ago, they all still appear on my Ipod. Guns and Roses "Appetite for Destruction" reminds me so much of summer '88.

For some reason this type of music used to get me in trouble with my parents, don't know why. I got in trouble for skipping classes at college and therefore had all my metal taken off of me for a month. Little did they know that my friends just taped copies for me to listen too while I waited!! :) I even got away with playing Aerosmith in my parents car during the ban!!!!!

Today I taken a more mature approach towards the metal. There are three books that I have read in the past few years that I have not been able to put down. They are "The Dirt" - Motley Crue, Slash - Slash and "The Heroin Diaries" - Nikki Sixx. I have read each at least twice each and plan to read them all again and again!!

Where is all this leading I hear you ask!! GUITAR HERO!! I am obsessed with it. I can finally "fulfill" my dreams as a rockin' guitarist!!!!! To play a game that is fun, that includes all your favourite bands and type of music is totally awsome. So when you think of me on Tuesday, my birthday, I will be rockin' it out on Guitar Hero 1 & 2. I can't wait.

Finally if you think this type of music is the devils music, don't stress, I love Stryper too. They are a christian heav metal band!! :) It's all good!!!

Go on admit it, ou love it too!!!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Shane: Superstar on the Field, True Legend Off!!!!

This week the great Shane Crawford retired from football. Why? Body couldn't take it? not motivated? No!! For his children. He stated he wanted to be the father he never had, so he has hung up the boots to spend time with Charlie & Benjamin.

Having met Shane a few times, I have been very impressed with how he always takes time to talk to us, ask about Noah and has never ever denied us a photo opportunity. He is what celebrities should be.

As I write this I feel a bit choked up because while the Hawks have lost a superstar, but the Crawford boys have gained their father.

Shane Crawford was a legend of AFL football, but he IS a wondeful wonderful human being!!

But the again I am a bit biased!!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Pain Of It All!!! but not really!!

On my birthday 2008 in the US the WWE is releasing a 3disc dvd on my favourite wrestler of all time, Edge!!! I got excited for a little while until I found out it will not be out here until January 21. There goes an awesome birthday full of the "Rated R Superstar".

Now for the true pain!!! During the 80s & 90s the Detroit Pistons were the epitomy of evil in the NBA. I have never forgiven them for that period. I have however liked some players on the team, now I have a giant dilema!! If you REALLY know me, you'll know of my love for Allen Iverson, In have a jersey for each team he has played on, 76er's and the Nuggets. But in the last few days he has been traded to the, ghast!!!, Pistons!!!!! That is like Luke Hodge being traded to Essendon!!! What to do, what to do. I will eventually have to have an AI Pistons top, but only for the name on the back!!!! If they do win the championship I would be somewhat happy, but I could never root for them!!!

I already made a wallpaper!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Kobe Sells Out!!!!!

If you read Lisa's blog in the last 24 hours, you would have seen how Kobe has carried on a sacred tradition in our house of being male and hating pumpkin. Well just 24hrs later the little devil sold us out and enjoyed his pumpkin meal!!!!!!

What a difference 24 hours makes

Now I think we are going to be served up more pumpkin, because Lisa will make it for Kobe and make us eat some as well. At least it will be mashed!! Baked and boiled pumpkin is gross.

Anything that is associated with Halloween like pumpkin is, can not be good, but must be EVIL!!!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Athletic Carnival!!!!!!

It may be a bit late, but better late than never. On the 23rd and 24th of October Kings Meadows High School held it's annual athletic carnival. And as usual I was ready for TAMAR to take out victory, we have not won since I have been there.

The first day was the novelty events. I was stationed on the beachless flags for the second straight year. That is where you lie on your stomach facing the opposite way and when the whistle blows up jump up and run 10-15 meters and grab a tennis ball, there is always one less ball than competitor!! It can get rather physical and violent, that is why I was stationed there! :)

Starting off 0ne of the heats.

Mayhem at the end!!

Tamar's Grade 9 Tug-O-War Team!!
On the second day we were at St Leonards track for the main day. I was once again Head Time Keeper, as I have been for the past 4 years. I enjoy the role, but there is never a break!!

My spot at the finish line.

Timing one of the races!!

Working with students to organize times!!

This year I got a flag to show if we were ready or not!!

There was a little bit of rain throughout the day, but it did not pour like it did 2 years ago. There was however very little sun!!! Once again Tamar did not win or come second and as usual it was because lack of participation!!

Ahh well there is always next year!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

One of those photos that bring a tear to my eye!!

I just found this photo on, it is of John Cena meeting a little boy in Melbourne this week through the make a wish foundation. The smile on the boy's facesays alot, but what gets me is John's face, you can tell that meeting the boy means just as much to him as it does to the boy.

Having Noah you see the good and the bad of some people. Luckily a majority of famous people (mostly hawks) we have met have always been very nice to us and Noah. The major people that have been extra nice to us have been, Crawf, Alister Clarkson, Sam Mitchell and especially Robbie Campbell. When people are nice to your children it make you feel nice and fuzzy, but when they are extra nice to Noah, it puts them on a special pedistal. For all the horrible/selfish stories you hear about celebrities, it is great to see so many give back and touch fans!!!!!!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Not Your Average Day At School!!!

Today was the Grade 7 Science excursion to Lowhead to "look" at the Ecosystems around the area. Or in other words a walk along the beach!!!

I must say I was not looking forward to going, I only teach one grade 7 class and don't know any of the other students. I was even less excited when I woke up to see an overcast windy day. Fortunately the weather cleared by the time we hoped on the bus and as I sat with all my friends (by myself) I thought this was going to be a long day. Luckily four girls from my science class started to talk to me, I think they felt sorry for me.

By the time we arrived I was ready for the adventure. We started out walking along the beach heading towards a big sand dune, when we got there the students decided to jump/fall/roll down the dune, they had a ball. I decided to amuse myself by throwing large rocks into the water, right next to the students that were wading up to their shins. It was way too easy to splash them!!!!

The Walk

Fun on the dune

Going back to the top

A sea dragon one of my students found

We had a BBQ lunch and played a bit of sport. Between mucking around with my science class and meeting new students I ended up having a really good day!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

When Tigger Attacks!! Or When Kobe Attacks!!!!!

This morning I decided to put batteries into the "Bouncing Tigger" for Kobe. He loved it!! We tried the TJ Bearytales first, which he liked, but once Tigger came out, he was in love.

I started by holding while he watched, but soon decided to sit him up with support of the couch and pillows. Here is the video of what happened next!!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Not much to do on a Friday night anymore!!!

Friday nights officially suck!!!!

I don't want to watch wannabe models and i definitely do not want to watch Tom Cruise.

So I made this video clip!!!

I bet you can't guess what it is about!!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

My Team! My Love! My Passion!

My family will always be my first love, but this is about my second.

If you know me well, you know what this post is about, if you have only just gotten to know, probably through Lisa’s blog, you could probably guess and if you don’t know me at all. Get ready.

This post is about my beloved Hawthorn Hawks, not that Tassie Hawks team that to me does not exist. I have been a die hard supporter for 33 years, which means from the ripe old age of 2 I have bled brown and gold. This is a journey with many ups, but just as many downs.

This is about me, how I feel about things, my beliefs, not everyone is the same, most aren’t like me, most would not want to be like me, But I do.

Let’s go back, way back. Growing up my life was concerned with three things that my life go round, football, Hawthorn and Peter Knights.

18 months - In my North Launceston jumper (state football was huge back then)

2 days after the 1975 Grand Final.

I used to love cricket as well, all Aussie kids did, but it was always football for me. No one in my family ever went for Hawthorn, how I started at a young age I don’t know, all I can think of is that a few of the teenage boys in our street supported the Hawks, but as a 2-3 year old I can’t see that would influence me, maybe it was pre-destined.

Here a few of my memories of my past that may paint a picture for you, Lisa would say a scary picture!!!!

I remember:

. . . yelling obscenities at the radio on Preliminary Final day 1982 at the age of 9. Carlton beat Hawthorn to advance to the Grand Final.

. . . Meeting Peter Knights at Fotheringhams Sport Store at Invermay, looking up at him as he signed my picture.

The autograph picture I got that day ( I was 5 or6)

. . . . taking part in a training session, I didn’t want to learn I just wanted to impress Knightsy.

. . . A bedroom where everything was brown and gold, bed, walls, football displays everywhere.

. . .Taking two cricket wickets, spacing them out and spending every afternoon, all afternoon kicking at goals!!!!


. . . Football cards everywhere. I collected them every year, anything football was collected. I even use to make my own football cards, I still remember making a set of Victorian football team cards, Michael Tuck with the big V on his chest. I would even make the cards play games against each other.

. . . When I was little all we had was the radio to follow football. I remember crouching down close to the big speaker in the lounge trying to hear the Melbourne stations over the crackle.

. . . The Saturday Express being delivered in the evening with the football scores in it. Then recreating the game with a balloon in the lounge. This happened every week. I think Peter Knights always kicked 5-6 goals in my game!!!

. . . Grand Final days during the 80’s, there was some good ones, but also some bad one. Then the glossy cover of the herald newspaper on the Tuesday, this was before it amalgamated with the Sun, we were always a day behind Melbourne.

. . . Football books everywhere, it was all I ever read, magazines as well. It hasn’t changed much.

. . . We didn’t know who won the Brownlow, until the next morning and the only live game we would see was the one day in September.

. . . Jumping into my dad’s arms, when Gary Buckenara kicked the winning goal against the Dees to put us into the ’87 Grand Final. Unfortunately I also remember the next week also.

. . .The hurt as we waited outside the sports store to meet Dermott Brereton, who never turned up.

. . .The euphoria 12 years later when I finally got to meet him. The only person I have met that made me get goose bumps from meeting them.

Dermie & I

. . .The whole Merger crap. The tension during the ’96 finals game with Sydney, not knowing if it would be our last game. Then the love for Don Scott, who saved us!!

. . .Crimmo’s cup. Seeing the photo of the players with Peter Crimmins and the cup a few day’s later in the paper is still very clear in my mind.

. . .2001 finals. We had just found out about Noah’s condition and the emotions running through my body were at a lifetime high. I remember the night we had to play Port in Adelaide in the Semi-final and Noah was in hospital and when w won. I collapsed on the floor a cried. I cried again the next week, but only because the devils team, Essendon beat us and the emotions ran free again!!!!

There are soooo many memories that have lived with. I have had or have so many Hawthorn things that I couldn’t tell you where they came from, I have an autographed poster from the 1978 grand final, but I don’t know how that came about.

1978 Grand Final autographed poster

This team means so much to me that at times it is scary, but I have been this way since I was 2-3 so I don’t see, at times I get glimpses of it, but I am not going to change. This love is 33 years deep and since being a member, meeting and talking to players it has grown and grown

Jalen, Noah, Shane Crawford & I

Clarko, Noah & Jalen

Browny, Noah & Jalen

I am that loyal that the thought of wearing another teams colours, even if I had to or even for a joke, makes me feel dirty and sick, I just can’t do. It is a bit of a disease or addiction, but rehab is out of the question.

Being so passionate makes me protective of the club. If you are a part time fan or only relatively new to supporting the team and I seem stand offish or something like that, it is not personal, I just have seen many people jump on the bandwagon and then jump off, or stay and act like a fan and bag out the team, which to me is a sin. I can not stand it when supporters bag out our club, never!! I can’t play any better than what they can, so I am not going to criticize them, so neither should you!!!!!

So as I wrap this journey to my strange mind, just remember that to you it is just a game, to me it is not!!! I wish I could just watch the team play and relax, but I am consumed by it from Feb-Sept, my life revolves around it, just ask Lisa. She has had to put up with a lot of crap, because of my love affair with the Hawks, but she seems to understand now. I am lucky I have such a wonderful understanding wife; I love her so much it is not funny. I think she is starting to have fun watching the Hawks too.

After all this you probably think I am stranger than before you read it. As much fun as it has been watching games, going to trainings and all that it has been made so much more fun by having my boys and Lisa with me.

“Were a happy team at Hawthorn!!!!!”

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Greatest Day Ever!!!!

I told you we were not scared and we would win!!!!!

Here is my unbiased, :), view of the 2008 AFL Grand Final.

What a day, I felt sick at around 11am, finally had everything in place to watch the game and the emotions and everything else hit me. I was ready!!!! Before the coin toss, I noticed the smug arrogant look on Tom Harley's face and thought "what a tosser!!!", as stated in previous posts, Geelong thought they were going to take the prize.

From the opening bounce it was a tense and pressure filled game. When The Mighty Hawks kicked three goals after Kidney man had kicked one for the cats. I was pumped.

Speaking of Lonergan, did you notice he lost his balance and fell over in the last quarter, that was because his insides are unbalanced with the missing kidney!!!!

As usual the cats came back and hit he front at quarter time, no worries we were close enough, to mount a charge. The second quarter was full of selfish/arrogant Geelong play, Ottens missing from 30 out when two cats were alone in the goal square. Then Croady hurt his foot and my number 2 man Campbell Brown went back and gave the cats headaches.

Buddy finally got into it and handed Willow a goal, followed by Young's booming goal from the center and we were in front at the half.

We came out fired up in the second half, butlost our best player of the first half to injury!!!! The cats tried, but Cyril and Stuey Dew put a 5 min burst that put us up by 30. Then the umpires handed the cats a goal and then another to the druggy's son (Ablett) anthey were back into.

Into the last quater and the pressure was on, see Lisa's blog, but when held firm and beat them. Emotions started to flow after RickyLadson kicked a goal with 8 mins left, but really flowed after the siren

Let me express my feelings on a few of the players from today's game:

Stuey Dew: Damn star, we would not have won without him today.
Cyril Rioli: It was his first year, we have a genuine superstar in the making. Turned the game for us.
Luke Hodge: If you have read previous posts you know how I feel. I am proud to #15 on my guernsey.
Shane Crawford: This is who we did it for. After today he could go again next year.
Sam Mitchell: Quiet first half, but stood up in the second.
Brad Sewell: Stood up when needed gave us drive in the second half.
Campbell Brown: Same as always, hard/desperate. I love that man.

The best for the cats:
The umpires: How many dodgy free kicks did you want to receive. They kept you in the game in the second half.

I could go on and on about the team, I know I probably missed some, but people are probably getting bored.

One last one though:
Gary Ablett Jr: Sook!!!!!!!!! Didn't win the Brownlow, sat there sooking, although he claimed it didn't matter that much. Then today sat there at the end sooking his eyes out. You won it last year, it is not as if you haven't tasted premiership glory!!!! Sooky Sooky La La!!!

All in all what a day, now I can look forward to a wonderful 12 months, after years of hearing about how Hawthorn sucked, sticking by them fanatically and riding every bump with them, no one can say anything, anymore. We beat every team this year, everyone!!!! And I have all the games on dvd to prove it!!!

We're a happy team at Hawthorn!!!

Now I am going to watch the game again. Crazy, yes. Fanatical, um hell yeah. Passionate, always. i really love my team!!!!! I mean really love!!!!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2008


The AFL Grand Final is only 6 days away, this could be one of the best weeks ever!! Although, the way the media and Geelong have been talking, I must of missed it, because it seems Geelong have already won!! All we have heard is Geelong this, Geelong that. Fair enough they have only been beaten once, if we could kick straight it would have been twice!! Aker says they are arrogant and I am starting to believe what he is saying. I must admit I am sick of hearing about only one team and how good they are, when there are 16 clubs in the league. Do 7 cats deserve All-Australian honors or are they the flavour of the month!!

One word of warning for the kitty cats, Hawthorn are no Port Adelaide. Nick Riewoldt said during the week that experience would help the saints, yeah right, you got smashed. The Hawks are hungry and a meal wont satisfy the hunger. We want this for Shane!!!!

Bring on Saturday and those cats!!!!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

In Celebration of . . .

To celebrate the MIGHTY HAWKS first Grand Final appearance for 17 years, I have decided to share my Hawthorn desktop wallpapers, which I have created over the years. They are either scans or photos I have taken that I have edited or redesigned. Even if you don't go for the hawks (loser!) let me know what you think.


Leigh Matthews

Shane Crawford


Shane Crawford

Shane Crawford

vs Power at Aurora

Stars of '07

Shane Crawford

Campbell Brown


Buddy from the start of '06

Chance Bateman - Made Yesterday